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Steak Lo Mein made easy

If you appreciate easy meals, yet like to try recipes that are a little different from the usual, then you will want to try Wok Steak Lo Mein. It reminds me of chow mein but is different in that you toss the cooked vegetables with cooked spaghetti. Often times when I make this recipe I have venison in the freezer and I have substituted the venison for the round steak and it tastes great.

Wok Steak Lo Mein

1 pound round steak, trimmed

2 teaspoon beef bouillon granules

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups shredded cabbage

1 cup diagonally sliced carrots, partially cooked

1 medium onion, sliced into rings

1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1/2 cup diagonally sliced celery

1/3 cup sliced green onion

15 fresh pea pods

8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained

4 ounces thin spaghetti, cooked and drained

Freeze steak just until firm; slice diagonally across grain into 1/4-inch strips. Combine bouillon, water, soy sauce and cornstarch. Set aside. In a wok or large skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add meat and garlic; stir-fry until meat is no longer pink, about five minutes. Remove meat to a platter. Add cabbage, carrots, onion, mushrooms, celery and green onions; stir-fry for about three minutes. Add pea pods and water chestnuts; stir-fry two minutes. Add meat. Stir bouillon mixture and pour into skillet; cook and stir until thickened. Gently toss in spaghetti and heat through for one minute.

Servings: 6

Mandarin Orange Muffins

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup shortening

1/2 cup flaked coconut

2 teaspoon grated orange rind

15 ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained and cut into small pieces

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup sour cream

1 egg

Mix the dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening. Add coconut, orange rind and oranges that have been drained and cut. Mix half cup orange juice, sour cream and egg. Then add it to the mixture. Stir to moisten and spoon into greased muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and continue to cool on rack.

Oriental Salad

1 small head of cabbage, shredded

4 green onions, with half the tops chopped

1 package Ramen noodles, crushed/uncooked

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/2 cup slivered almonds


1/2 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons white vinegar

3 tablespoons sugar

Flavor packet from noodles

Toast the sesame seeds and slivered almonds in a small amount of oil over medium heat. Set aside. Combine dressing ingredients. Mix together and pour over cabbage mixture. Salt to taste.

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